1972 Mach IV 750: 74 throbbing horsepower, 423 pounds (dry), $1,395. Someday when we look back at the hydrocarbon era, this thing will be the poster child. Maybe those who believe man and dinosaur roamed the earth together are referring to this bike?

The 1969 H1 500 Triple alerted the world that Kawasaki had entered the room, via a world record quarter-mile of 12.61 seconds at 111.38 mph, quickest ever for a production motorcycle. Remember to tighten fasteners…

The 1969 H1 500 Triple alerted the world that Kawasaki had entered the room, via a world record quarter-mile of 12.61 seconds at 111.38 mph, quickest ever for a production motorcycle. Remember to tighten fasteners…

By the time the H1 plug was pulled in 1975, it had gained a front disc brake, a reinforced frame, swell paint that still looks fresh… sigh. Yes, a new Versys 650 is a better motorcycle in every way for the same money but if I could dust this one off and fire it up, it would be a very tough call...

By the time the H1 plug was pulled in 1975, it had gained a front disc brake, a reinforced frame, swell paint that still looks fresh… sigh. Yes, a new Versys 650 is a better motorcycle in every way for the same money but if I could dust this one off and fire it up, it would be a very tough call…

Anyway, thanks very much for the stroll down Memory Lane, Kawasaki people. And may we all continue to Laissez les bon temps roulez.